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Belle Park post-script: An open letter to Kingston City Council

The following is a submitted open letter to the Kingston City Council. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Dear Mayor Paterson and elected councillors of the City of Kingston, I am writing to you today, a week after the forced eviction of remaining

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City removes tents, belongings from Belle Park camp

The City of Kingston reports that they have taken “the final steps to remove what remains of an encampment at Belle Park” this afternoon. At approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2020 City Staff escorted by members of Kingston Police reportedly arrived at Belle Park with trucks and heavy

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MAKK calls for resistance during anticipated Belle Park eviction

Belle Park’s remaining occupants and their community supporters are on high-alert. An early-morning visit from a City of Kingston clean-up crew on Thursday, Aug. 13 left them anticipating an imminent eviction. Mutual Aid Katarokwi-Kingston (MAKK), a volunteer-run community support network, posted a call-to-action on their Facebook page on Sunday, Aug

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City of Kingston removes temporary services at Belle Park

On the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, City of Kingston Staff began implementing City Council’s decision to extend the bylaw exemption allowing campers to remain in Belle Park until the end of July, 2020. The temporary services that had been provided to those camping at Belle Park which have

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Soapbox: Belle Park life essentials must remain in place until better housing can be provided

Editorial note: The following is a submitted op/ed piece by Matt Silburn and Jeremy Milloy on behalf of Mutual Aid Katarokwi Kingston (MAKK) and does not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of Kingstonist. Residents of Belle Park are living under a looming deadline – August 1. That is the date

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City issues eviction notice to Belle Park campers in error

City of Kingston CAO Lanie Hurdle said an eviction notice issued to campers at Belle Park on Tuesday Jul. 28 was a mistake. The notice indicated campers had two hours to remove themselves and their property from the park. “The intent today was to verbally ask campers that are on

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Rally at Belle Park calls for solidarity with occupants

Approximately 200 people came out in solidarity with the homeless occupants of Belle Park at an on-site rally on the evening of Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2020. Hosted by Mutual Aid Katarokwi Kingston (MAKK), the event saw park residents and community supporters take turns speaking and playing music before a masked,

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